Frederic Poole Gorham

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Frederic Poole Gorham
Born (1871-04-29)April 29, 1871
Providence, Rhode Island
Died June 4, 1933(1933-06-04) (aged 62)
Glocester, Rhode Island
Resting place
Swan Point Cemetery[1]
Nationality United States of America
Education A.M.
Alma mater Brown University
Occupation Bacteriologist, educator
Spouse(s) Emma May Lapham (1897)
Ruth Elizabeth Bjorkchahl
Parents Samuel Gorham
Abby Harding Fish

Frederic Poole Gorham (April 29, 1871–June 4, 1933) was an American bacteriologist and educator.

Born in Providence, Rhode Island, the son of Samuel Gorham and Abby Harding Fish, he was educated in local schools before matriculating to Brown University.[2] After graduating in 1893, he became an instructor of Biology at Brown[3] and was awarded his A.M. in 1894 upon examination, with special studies performed at Harvard. In 1897, he was married to Emma Mary Lapham in Burrillville, Rhode Island.[2] Thereafter he became an assistant professor in 1899, then associate professor in 1901. In 1913 he established bacteriology as a field of study at Brown University,[4] becoming professor of bacteriology.[5]

In 1899, he was appointed bacteriologist for the Providence Department of Health, a post he occupied until 1933[4]—primarily in an advisory capacity. He became secretary of the Board of Trustees of the Rhode Island State Tuberculosis Sanatorium[6] in 1908. After helping to found the Society of American Bacteriologists, in 1911 he was named president of the organization.[3] Two years later he became a bacteriologist for the Rhode Island Shellfish Commission, and in 1914 the deputy milk inspector for Providence.[4] He served as chairman of the Laboratory Section for the American Public Health Association,[5] and during 1925–1931 he served with the city park commission. In 1933, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree.[4]

Bibliography[edit]

  • A laboratory guide for the dissection of the cat: an introduction to the study of anatomy (1895) with R. W. Tower[2]
  • A laboratory course in bacteriology: for the use of medical, agricultural, and industrial students (1897)[2]
  • The gas-bubble disease of fish and its cause (1900)
  • Morphological varieties of bacillus diphtheriæ (1901)
  • The photogenic bacteria (1903)
  • Recent debts to biology (1904)
  • Cambrian deposits of North Attelboro (1905)
  • Superior Rhode Island oysters (1913)

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Rhode Island Historical Cemeteries Transcription Project, RootsWeb, retrieved 2013-08-06. 
  2. ^ a b c d Leonard, John William; Marquis, Albert Nelson, eds. (1908), Who's who in America 5, Chicago: Marquis Who's Who, p. 742. 
  3. ^ a b Round, Lester A. (November 1933). "Frederic Poole Gorham, 1871-1933". Journal of Bacteriology 26 (5): 431–433. PMC 533579. 
  4. ^ a b c d Mitchell, Martha, "Gorham, Frederic P.", Encyclopedia Brunoniana (Brown University), retrieved 2013-08-06. 
  5. ^ a b Brown University (1914), Historical Catalogue of Brown University, 1764–1914, Providence: The F. A. Bassette Company, p. 313. 
  6. ^ Clark, Paul F. (November 1933), "A Half Century of Presidential Addresses of the Society of American Bacteriologists", Bacteriology Reviews 17 (3): 213–247, PMC 180770. 


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